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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

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Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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Office of

Randy Cunningham


Total cost of 29 office trips: $111,350.29


Trips by Randy Cunningham
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $25,572.04

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: DSR, INC. SPONSORED THE TRIP ZIFF-DAVIS COMPANY DID THE REIMBURSEMENTS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,288.70
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: BAR ASSOCIATION OF SERBIA
Purpose: SPEAKING AND AWARD ACCEPTANCE EVENT
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.44
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DINNER
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,337.50
source

Destination: SIOUX FALLS, SD
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Sep 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,030.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAUDI ARABIA TO SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Ziyad Abduljawad
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO PROMOTE DISCOURSE AND BETTER RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,537.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAUDI ARABIA TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Ziyad Abduljawad
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO PROMOTE DISCOURSE AND BETTER RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. (*NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS, I STAYED IN A PRIVATE HOME AND ATE IN PRIVATE HOMES. LISTED BELOW ARE MY BEST ESTIMATES REGARDING EXPENSES)
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,789.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Randy Cunningham

Harmony Allen
Tillie Fowler
Katie Hanvey
Dewitt Hardin
David Heil
Nancy Lifset
Kathleen Shields
Victoria Stackwick
Erin Strawn



American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

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    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

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    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball